Saturday, May 25, 2019

The Next Call of Duty Is Called Modern Warfare

Wait...what? Isn't there already a CoD: Modern Warfare out there?

The first Modern Warfare was called Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, so it’s only natural that the fourth Modern Warfare is called Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Confused yet? That’s video games for you.

7 Free Games During Steam Spring Cleaning Event

Get your ass over to Steam and get your seven free games!

Word is: "No purchase required. Simply complete daily tasks and projects during the event to earn trophies, unlock the Spring Cleaning badge, and gain emoticons and backgrounds for your Steam profile. These can be acquired through older titles already in your library as well as by diving into something new to your collection."

Friday, May 24, 2019

Overwatch Getting Replays

I'll bet this bit of news will make a lot of you Overwatch players happy.

Experience your past Overwatch games from a whole new perspective with the Replay feature, now available on the Public Test Realm (PTR). Replays allow you to watch your previous matches from any vantage point. Whether you want a first-person, third-person, or a bird’s-eye view, you can see it all with this tool.

Ryzen 3000 Series Support DDR4-3200 By Default, OC to DDR4-4400?

Even though these guys don't have the best track record when it comes to leaked info like this, it's still fun to speculate on upcoming products. So grab a grain of salt and hit the link (Twitter).

UN: Closing Gender Divides In Digital Skills Through Education

The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recently published a 145 page report stating the world loses out when the tech sector excludes women. Oddly enough, this report seems pretty hung up on the fact Alexa and Siri use female voices.

End the practice of making digital assistants female by default. Operating systems and apps routinely ask users to specify preferences during initialization processes, and this practice should be standard for voice assistants.

Facebook Removed 2.2 Billion Fake Accounts This Year

Hmmm, let's look at that number for a second. 2.2 billion, divided by five months is 550 million deletions per month. Divide that number by thirty days and you have 18,333,333 accounts deleted per day.  Split that into one our increments and that number is an astronomical 763,888 per hour. This means that Facebook is deleting almost than 13k fake accounts per minute...every single day. Really?

Computer Modder of the Day

If you have time, you should check out Petty Fixes on YouTube. Do that like and subscribe thing while you are there.  Here is an example of his work:

Dead Island 2 Is Still In Development?

Holy crap, it's been so long that I totally forgot about this game. Well, I kinda forgot about the original too.

In the zombie apocalypse, no corpse is ever truly lifeless, and the same is apparently true of zombie video games. Dead Island 2, the long-missing sequel to Polish studio Techland’s 2011 zombie survival game, has seemingly stumbled back to its decayed, undead feet.

Amid Lawsuit ‘Fortnite’ Gamer's Contract Finally Revealed!

My only comment on this (again) is that, unless you are a lawyer, you really should have someone look over ANY contract before you sign it.

At the crux of the disagreement is the contract, which appears to allow FaZe to come in at any point and collect up to 80% of Tfue’s cash as they see fit.

Cool Custom Build of the Day

The guys over at MadMods have done it again.

HotHardware 2.5 Geeks Show

If you haven't done so already, make sure you guys head on over to HotHardware and check out the latest installment of the 2.5 Geeks show!

Kingston KC2000 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD Review

NikKTech has published a review of the Kingston KC2000 1TB M.2 NVMe solid state drive today. Here's a quote to get you started:

The just announced KC2000 M.2 2280 NVMe line of SSDs by Kingston offers blazing fast data transfer speeds, capacities up to 2TB and is covered by a 5-year limited warranty.

Arma 3 Contact Trailer

Arma 3 is getting aliens. I guess that's better than going the zombie route like everyone else.

Conan Unconquered to Get Early Launch

I'm not sure why launching one day early is worthy of an announcement but here you go.

The upcoming RTS game created by the Command & Conquer veterans at Petroglyph is now due to release late afternoon on May 29th, one day earlier than previously announced.

Uber Drivers & Fast Food Workers Strike For $30 Minimum Wage

If you thought people striking to get $15 an hour was crazy, wait until you see this. Only in California.

MWA, for its part, is hoping for an even more ambitious $30-per-hour floor, of which organizers estimate about half would become take-home pay and the other half would go to the sorts of overhead expenses Uber and Lyft burden their drivers with by classifying them as contractors, such insurance, gas, and vehicle wear.

Why Educators Are Pulling NVIDIA Teaching Kits Into The Classroom

Along with the usual elements of university curriculums — lectures, assignments, lab exercises — there’s a new tool that educators are increasingly leaning into: NVIDIA Teaching Kits. University educators around the world are tapping into these kits, which include downloadable teaching materials and online courses that provide the foundation to understand and build hands-on expertise in areas like deep learning, accelerated computing and robotics. 

A Common Sense Method to Add Camera, Radar, Lidar and More to Autonomous Vehicles

When it comes to autonomous vehicle sensor suites, one size does not fit all. From Level 2+ automated driving to fully autonomous robotaxis, and from cars to shuttles to trucks, the wide range of autonomous vehicle types requires a variety of different sensors to safely operate. These can include different sensor types and models from a number of different manufacturers. That’s why NVIDIA built DRIVE AGX as an open platform to seamlessly incorporate new sensors for more efficient autonomous driving development.

Microsoft And Eneco Team Up

Microsoft Corp. announced a new wind energy agreement in the Netherlands. Microsoft will purchase 90 MW from the massive 731.5 MW offshore wind project, Borssele III/IV, from Dutch sustainable energy company and wind farm developer Eneco. Eneco will provide Microsoft’s datacenters with green power for 15 years starting in 2022. 

This is Microsoft’s second purchase of wind energy in the Netherlands in a year, which brings its total wind energy purchases to 270 MW in the Netherlands — one of the largest corporate renewable energy portfolios in the country.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Shady Numbers And Bad Business: Inside The Esports Bubble

I think the line "investors love investing in unprofitable companies" hits the nail on the head here.

“I feel like esports is almost running a Ponzi scheme at this point,” Frank Fields, Corsair’s sponsorship manager, told an audience at San Francisco’s Game Developers Conference last March. He smirked. The crowd laughed uncomfortably.

Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Touch 1TB Review

Need a way to haul around files or back up data? According to this review, the Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Touch 1TB is quite the capable drive.

The latest iteration of the Seagate Slim philosophy is the Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Touch series which varies in capacity (and price) from 1TB to 2TB. Today we will be putting the moderately sized 1TB variant to the test to see how it stacks up against our high expectations.

Snapchat Employees Abused Data Access to Spy on Users


Former employees said multiple Snap employees abused their access to Snapchat user data several years ago. Those sources, as well as an additional two former employees, a current employee, and a cache of internal company emails obtained by Motherboard, described internal tools that allowed Snap employees at the time to access user data, including in some cases location information, their own saved Snaps and personal information such as phone numbers and email addresses. 

Realistic Neural Talking Head Models

This is equally parts cool and creepy.

Killer Cable Management

I thought you guys would like to see the cable management on this amazing custom case build by Alex Banks.

Amazon Developing A Wearable That Reads Your Emotions

I can see it now...

Me: "Alexa, how am I feeling?"

Alexa: "Stupid for spending money on this crap."

AMD and NVIDIA's Next Fight Could Be Over A Number

I like how these guys took an old ass rumor and turned it into "a legal quagmire for AMD if it continues down this path..." What path? It's a rumor from YouTube.

Competition between AMD and Nvidia is fierce, but even so I can't help but raise an eyebrow when looking at the rumors for AMD's next-generation Navi GPUs, which point to a supposed RX 3080 XT branding. Throw in recent trademark filings from Nvidia, and AMD could land in a legal quagmire if it continues down the RX 3000 path.

Loot Box Bill Moving Forward With Bipartisan Support

Okay, so let's say this are you going to actually stop kids from buying loot boxes? You can't even stop them from playing Mature rated games.

Hawley’s Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act would, if approved, prohibit video game companies from selling loot boxes to children under the age of 18 and make it unlawful for minor-oriented games to include pay-to-win mechanics. If a games company was found to be unlawfully including these features in games targeted to minors it would be financially penalized. 

Online Identification Is Getting More And More Intrusive

....because we are allowing it.

To overcome these shortcomings, the next level of security is likely to identify people using things which are harder to copy, such as the way they walk.

Mutant Year Zero: Expansion and New Character Revealed

An expansion pack and new character has been revealed for Mutant Year Zero. Thanks to Blue's for the news.

GIGABYTE Will Enable Your Solutions Of Tomorrow And Bring Smart To Life

GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd has been committed to pioneering computer innovations and making breathtaking technology advancements. This year at Computex, GIGABYTE has brought along its partners to form a smart ecosystem, together, to demonstrate solutions that inspire buyers and real life applications that enlighten visitors

NVIDIA Announces Upcoming Events for Financial Community

NVIDIA will present at the following events for the financial community:
  • Bank of America 2019 Global Technology Conference 
  • Wednesday, June 5, at 9:30 a.m. Pacific time
  • RBC Capital Markets Future of Mobility Conference
  • Thursday, June 6, at 11:10 a.m. Pacific time
  • Nasdaq’s 40th London Investor Conference
  • Thursday, June 13, at 1 p.m. British Summer time
Interested parties can listen to the live audio webcasts of NVIDIA’s presentations at these events, available on the NVIDIA website at Replays of the webcasts will be available for 90 days afterward.

DRIVE Labs: Predicting the Future with RNNs

From distracted drivers crossing over lanes to pedestrians darting out from between parked cars, driving can be unpredictable. Such unexpected maneuvers mean drivers have to plan for different futures while behind the wheel. If we could accurately predict whether a car will move in front of ours or if a pedestrian will cross the street, we could make optimal planning decisions for our own actions.

Startup’s Drones Eye Construction Sites

Krishna Sudarshan was a Goldman Sachs managing director until his younger son’s obsession with drones became his own, attracting him to the flying machines’ data-heavy business potential. Sudarshan quit Goldman after a decade in 2016 to found Aspec Scire, which pairs drones to a cloud service for construction and engineering firms to monitor their businesses.

A colleague from the banking giant joined as head of engineering and former colleagues invested in the startup. Business has taken flight. Since its launch, Aspec Scire has landed work with construction management firms, engineering firms and owners and developers, including a large IT services company, Sudarshan said.

Microsoft Recognizes Outstanding Contributions By Suppliers

Microsoft Corp. announced the recipients of the 2019 Microsoft Supplier Program (MSP) Excellence Awards. The MSP Excellence Awards recognize excellence by Microsoft’s top suppliers in performance, relationship, value, reduced risk, diversity, sustainability and impact sourcing. The MSP mission is enabling a compliant, capable and competitive supply base to deliver increasing value to Microsoft and its suppliers. Winners of the 2019 MSP Excellence Awards were vetted by an award selection committee including representatives from procurement, business group stakeholders and external judges.

Terminator: Dark Fate Teaser Trailer

A new teaser trailer for Terminator: Dark Fate just came out. I hate to admit it but, as a fan of the franchise, I'm kinda looking forward to this.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

ASRock Fatal1ty X470 Gaming K4 Motherboard Review

Grab your favorite translator and head on over to OCInside for their review of the ASRock Fatal1ty X470 Gaming K4 motherboard.

We tested and overclocked the AMD Socket AM4 motherboard with an AMD Ryzen 5 2400G processor equipped with an integrated AMD Radeon Vega GPU. In the following AMD AM4 motherboard test we explain the features of the ASRock X470 Gaming K4 Fatal1ty motherboard, again show a 360 degree view and give some UEFI tips.

JUST CAUSE 4 Los Demonios Announced

This is pretty good timing. I just started playing JUST CAUSE 4 and the go and announce the Los Demonios expansion.

When Rico & Javi, investigate a newly discovered temple off the shore of Solis, an archaeologist working with the Black Hand unexpectedly releases an ancient demonic force from its imprisonment.

Phantom Gaming Alliance Review

OCInside's Phantom Gaming Alliance review is now live! I have to admit, I am a fan of ASRock's motherboards and that Cooler Master cases is dead sexy.

Today we have a detailed look at the Phantom Gaming Alliance products from ASRock, Cooler Master and TeamGroup on Phantom Gaming is a brand-new ASRock gaming product line designed to provide gamers, professionals and PC enthusiasts with world-class products. 

Overwatch Anniversary Event Underway

This post over at Blue's News informed me that the Overwatch Anniversary Event is currently underway. Hit the link for the complete rundown.

Asus ROG Zephyrus G GA502 Gaming Laptop Review

My colleagues at Tom's Hardware have published a review of Asus' ROG Zephyrus G GA502 gaming laptop today.

You don’t see too many flagship AMD-based gaming laptops. It’s a fact of the market. But with the Asus ROG Zephyrus G GA502, Zen+ gets its time to shine. In an unholy matrimony, Asus has paired a Ryzen 7 3750H with Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1660 Ti. 

Google Notifying Administrators About Unhashed Password Storage

Smooth move Google, smooth move.

We made an error when implementing this functionality back in 2005: The admin console stored a copy of the unhashed password. This practice did not live up to our standards. To be clear, these passwords remained in our secure encrypted infrastructure. This issue has been fixed and we have seen no evidence of improper access to or misuse of the affected passwords.

U.S. Weighs Blacklisting 5 More Video Surveillance Firms

What are your thoughts on all of this?

The U.S. is considering cutting off the flow of vital American technology to five Chinese companies including Megvii, widening a dragnet beyond Huawei to include world leaders in video surveillance as it seeks to challenge China’s treatment of minority Uighurs in the country’s west.

$600 Sleep Robots Are A Thing

If you thought that pillow you see all over Facebook was expensive, check this thing out!

The premise of the Somnox Sleep Robot is it mimics the breathing of a sleeping partner. That in turn, is supposed to help you fall asleep faster. It’s padded for maximum cuddles and spooning, and can also play soothing white noise tracks. As for programming the bot, you can do that via the Somnox companion app.

Valve Talks 'Positive' Review Bombing

I guess it was only a matter of time before Valve sounded off on "positive" review bombing. 

A few weeks ago, in response to the Notre Dame tragedy, Ubisoft did something great for their fans by making Assassin's Creed: Unity available for free on Uplay, and committing funds towards rebuilding the monument. This led to a significant spike in players of AC: Unity on Steam, and a large number of positive reviews for the game. This led us, and members of the community, to wonder if this was finally a positive review bomb, and whether it should be considered off-topic. 

FREE Games!!

The crew at Blue's News posted links to not one, but TWO, free games today. First up is The Sims 4 on Origin. The next free game is GRID 2 on Steam.

Intel Highlighted Why NVIDIA Tensor Core GPUs Are Great for Inference

It’s not every day that one of the world’s leading tech companies highlights the benefits of your products. Intel did just that last week, comparing the inference performance of two of their most expensive CPUs to NVIDIA GPUs.

To achieve the performance of a single mainstream NVIDIA V100 GPU, Intel combined two power-hungry, highest-end CPUs with an estimated price of $50,000-$100,000, according to Anandtech. Intel’s performance comparison also highlighted the clear advantage of NVIDIA T4 GPUs, which are built for inference. When compared to a single highest-end CPU, they’re not only faster but also 7x more energy-efficient and an order of magnitude more cost-efficient.

Plowing AI, Startup Retrofits Tractors with Autonomy

Smart Ag is developing autonomy and robotics for tractors in a region more notable for its corn and soybeans than software or silicon. Hurd, Barglof and Milloy, all Iowa natives, founded Smart Ag in 2015 and landed a total of $6 million in seed funding, $5 million of which came from Stine Seed Farm, an affiliate of Stine Seed Co. Other key investors included Ag Startup Engine, which backs Iowa State University startups. The company is in widespread pilot tests with its autonomy for tractors and plans to commercialize its technology for row crops by 2020.

NVIDIA Makes AI in Hospitals Easy on IT, Accessible

For radiology to benefit from AI, there needs to be easy, consistent and scalable ways for hospital IT departments to implement the technology. It’s a return to a service-oriented architecture, where logical components are separated and can each scale individually, and an efficient use of the additional compute power these tools require. 

Navigating Intel’s Future in Technology and Computing

Inside Intel, Intel Labs experts provide business units and product teams with advanced technologies. Outside Intel, Rich says, experts from the labs often work with customers to lend expertise in specific technical areas. “This may help to secure a design win or to build confidence with customers that Intel has a deep technology pipeline out into the future,” he says. But Intel Labs’ outside work is more than just an added level of support. “We are also keen to play an active role in identifying new business opportunities for Intel,” he says. 

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

George R.R. Martin Confirms Game Consultation

If this turns out to be a Game of Thrones game, at least George R.R. Martin, not HBO's writers, is consulting on the game.

A person familiar with ongoings at From Software has told Gematsu that the project—said to be known internally as “GR” (Gematsu has been asked to only share the acronym) and in development for the past three years—is an open-world title (with horse riding) and collaboration between Hidetaka Miyazaki and George R.R. Martin published by Bandai Namco, which will be officially announced at Microsoft’s E3 2019 press conference.

Senator Says His Anti-Loot Box Bill Has The Video Game Industry Worried

Regardless where you stand on the subject of loot boxes, has any video game bill like this EVER worked?

The freshman senator from Missouri, who plans to soon introduce a bill that will ban loot boxes and pay-to-win microtransactions, spoke to Kotaku yesterday about his plans.

Gigabyte's $2K Motherboard And CPU Bundle Available Now

If you have money burning a hole in your pocket, Gigabyte has a couple CPU / mobo combos that might be of interest to you.

It turns out that Gigabyte is actually selling two bundles. We were originally told $1,599 was the retail price for the 5.1 GHz bundle, but, as spotted by, a motherboard/CPU combo with a Core i9-9900K overclocked to 5.1 GHz is available for ~$2,000.

Automatically Bound By A Websites ToS?

Wait...what?!?! And people wonder why things are getting so out of hand on the interwebs. It's crap like this. 😒

If you’re like most people, you’ve probably clicked “I agree” on many online contracts without ever reading them. Soon you may be deemed to have agreed to a company’s terms without even knowing it.

Gun Mod Gone Wrong video of the Day

Holy crap this is funny. Obviously this mod has a few kinks to work out.

The Supercar of Gaming PCs

Even though most of you build your own PCs, there are some folks that prefer the pre-built systems like this. I'm just not exactly sure who would spend this kind of money on a generic build from a boutique builder.

Xbox Boss Addresses Toxicity In Gaming

What ever happened to the tried and true "don't feed the trolls" way of dealing with asshats and trolls?

"We’re innovating now in these and other concrete ways to reduce, filter, and develop a shared understanding of toxic experiences, and to ultimately put our community of gamers, and their parents or guardians, in control of their own experiences," Spencer says.

Chicago The First City To Collect "Netflix Tax"

Chicago now has the dubious distinction of bring the first city in the US to implement the infamous Netflix tax.

The city collected $1.2 million from Sony in January, on services including PlayStation Video live events and purchases of music and video, according to Bloomberg. It also collected nearly $800,000 from Eventbrite and $70,000 from Fandango, the outlet said. The levy has been dubbed the "Netflix tax" because it targets streaming video services in addition to gaming and other digital entertainment.

Sapphire: AMD's Navi XT and Navi Pro GPUs on May 27th

According to some pretty shaky anonymous sources, AMD's Navi XT and Navi Pro GPUs will launch May 27th at $499 and $399 respectively.

It is said that the Navi XT graphics card will be priced at $499 whereas the Navi Pro GPU will be priced at $399. The specs for these graphics cards have not been revealed, though there are rumours suggesting that AMD will officially reveal these Navi graphics cards on May 27th.

ASUS RoG STRIX GTX 1660Ti Review

The  ASUS RoG STRIX GTX 1660Ti video card is on the test bench at Real Hardware Reviews today. Here's a quote from the full review:

With a decent factory overclock ‘out of the box’ it delivers surprisingly good performance; however, buying this card and running at factory settings is not what it was meant for. Instead, everything from its upsized heatsink to its rather potent fans to its extremely robust (for its class) power delivery subsystem cries out for taking it on an overclocking adventure.

Sony Shows Off PS5 Loading Times

Sony has posted an official video comparing performance of PS4 Pro vs next-gen PlayStation.

Tesla To Add More Video Games To Cars

Because hey, if autopilot doesn't kill you, playing Fortnite while driving definitely will.

Musk disclosed on Monday that Tesla is in the process of porting the Unreal and Unity video game engines for use in its electric cars. While Musk did not specify which video game titles could be available for play, “Fortnite,” the battle royal sensation with more than 200 million players, runs on the Unreal Engine, while the Unity engine hosts “Rocket League” and other popular titles.

Pokemon Case Mod of the Day

This mod is pretty bad ass. While I am on the subject, apparently Detective Pikachu is pretty good.

Hell is Other Demons Released

If you are into arcade shooters, you will definitely want to check out Hell is Other Demons now that it has gone live. Here's the official trailer:

WD Extends Veeam Integrations Across its Portfolio

Western Digital, a leading data infrastructure company, today announced that it is sponsoring and exhibiting at VeeamON 2019, showcasing how its extensive portfolio of Veeam supported solutions from flash to cloud enables enterprises to efficiently manage Always-On™ infrastructures, protect and manage data workloads at massive scale, and ensure business continuity either on-premises, in virtualized or hybrid cloud data center environments.

Monday, May 20, 2019

'Fortnite' Pro Tfue Sues eSports Team

Wait, didn't this guy have an attorney look at his contract before he sighed it, or is he claiming he was forced to sign it?

Another sign that esports has become big business: One of its biggest star athletes, Turner "Tfue" Tenney is suing his pro team, FaZe Clan, over what he calls a contract that is "oppressive, onerous, and one-sided."

AMD Rejoins the Fortune 500

AMD, for the first time since 2015, is once again on the Fortune 500 list.

As enthusiasts know, the Zen microarchitecture that powers AMD's Ryzen chips has revitalized the company, bringing it back from the brink of bankruptcy and now helping propel the company back onto the Fortune 500 list at #460.

Rainbow Six Siege Operation Phantom Sight Test Server Tomorrow

Ubisoft announced the full details of the second season of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six® Siege Year 4 content. Hit this link for the complete rundown.

Operation Phantom Sight introduces an all-new Attacker and a Defender, Nøkk and Warden respectively, as well as a major map rework of Kafe Dostoyevsky, the high-class locale situated at the heart of Moscow. Furthermore, in Year 4 Season 2, Rainbow Six Siege will introduce new changes to the recently implemented feature, Reverse Friendly Fire, as well as updates to the Rainbow Six Siege storefront and the Ranked playlist.

Bitcoin Suddenly Roars Back

I think that title is pretty misleading considering bitcoin was at almost $20,000 just 18 months ago.

Bitcoin, up around 10% over the last 24 hour trading period to touch $8,028 per bitcoin on the U.S. Gemini exchange, has bounced back after a sell-off that seemed to have been triggered by a large volume sale on the Luxembourg-based Bitstamp exchange earlier in the week, causing panic selling.

F1 2019 Official Game Trailer

Being a car enthusiast, I am a bit embarrassed to admit I am not a fan the the F1 games. That said, the cars in the trailer looks pretty good.

Fractal Design Define S2 Vision RGB Review

HotHardware has published a review of Fractal Design's Define S2 Vision RGB today. For comparison purposes, you can see my review here.

The Fractal Vision S2 RGB takes everything that made the Define S2, and the Fractal R6 before it, great but it but now it brings RGB lighting and tempered glass panels into the mix. We aren't talking just a single tempered glass panel here, however. Fractal has literally surrounded the case with tempered glass.

Cracking the Code on Opioid Addiction with Summit Supercomputer

About 10 percent of people who are prescribed opioids experience full-blown addiction, yet there’s no way to know who is most susceptible. Genomics can likely explain this riddle — by identifying genetic predispositions to addiction — but such research will take enormous calculations on massive datasets. Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are using the biggest GPU-powered computing cluster ever built to perform these calculations faster than ever. It’s part of an effort that could one day lead to alternative medications for pain management and help mitigate the opioid addiction crisis.

AI Making Millions of Ancient Japanese Texts More Accessible

Natural disasters aren’t just threats to people and buildings, they can also erase history — by destroying rare archival documents. As a safeguard, scholars in Japan are digitizing the country’s centuries-old paper records, typically by taking a scan or photo of each page. But while this method preserves the content in digital form, it doesn’t mean researchers will be able to read it. Millions of physical books and documents were written in an obsolete script called Kuzushiji, legible to fewer than 10 percent of Japanese humanities professors.

Huawei Reportedly Cut Off By Major Chipmakers

What is Huawei going to do after its stockpiled inventory runs out?

The suspension comes after Google reportedly cut off Android's license to the Chinese technology giant, following a Trump executive order to prohibit U.S. businesses from using telecommunications equipment made by companies which pose a national security risk.

Borderlands 3 Pulled from Epic Mega Sale

It looks as though Borderlands 3 has been pulled from Epic's Mega Sale. Seriously, this crap is getting old. Thanks as always to Blues for the news.

Borderlands 3 is no longer available for preorder on the Epic Games Store, as Gearbox's upcoming shooter sequel is the latest game to be yoinked from the big Epic Games Sale.

Corsair K83 Wireless Entertainment Keyboard Review

After reading this review of the Corsair K83 wireless entertainment keyboard at NikKTech today, I'm seriously thinking about picking one up.

Of course, the K83 Wireless is meant for so much more and so it’s aimed towards people who also like to surf on the web, type quite a bit and even play games. The circular touchpad with the analogue joystick and the 4 buttons (or 2 buttons and 2 triggers if you prefer that term more) offer the best experience I’ve had by a wireless keyboard aimed for all of the above. Battery life is also very good.

be quiet! Dark Rock Slim CPU Cooler Review

If you are in the market for a new CPU air cooler, make sure you check out this review of the be quiet! Dark Rock Slim.

The brand-new Dark Rock Slim CPU cooler by be quiet! is the jack of all trades. It’s a compact (always compared to the Dark Rock 4) zero interference model with near-excellent cooling efficiency, very low noise levels and a price more than just right for what you are getting which is why it deserves our Golden Award.

ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming 7 Motherboard

The crew at TweakTown have taken a quick look at the ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming 7 motherboard today.

Today we look at the Z390 Phantom Gaming 7, which was actually under NDA until just recently. While we are unsure of why this motherboard was under NDA, it does have a healthy feature set, ASRock's first integrated IO shield, and it's the first motherboard that uses USB-IF's new USB 3.2 renaming scheme. Let's see what this motherboard has in store for us today.

GIGABYTE AERO 15 Classic-XA Review

The specs on this GIGABYTE AERO 15 Classic-XA are pretty damn impressive. If you are laptop shopping, this review is for you.

Well, today we have a new laptop which delivers a double dosage of new tech – the GIGABYTE AERO 15. This laptop features the Intel Core i7-9750H, 16GB DDR4, RTX 2070, an astounding SHARP IGZO 240Hz display, all complying to the NVIDIA Max-Q Design. Does it get much better than this? Let’s find out!

Thermaltake Level 20 RGB Titanium Edition

Grab your favorite translator and head on over to OCInside to read their review of the Thermaltake Level 20 RGB Titanium Edition keyboard.

The Thermaltake gaming keyboard features an aluminum frame on the top, lightning-fast Cherry MX Speed ​​Silver switches and extensive RGB lighting. Whether the new Level 20 RGB Titanium from Thermaltake can keep up with the other upper class keyboards, we show in the following test. On the practical side, we also created a Cherry MX Switches overview to find the optimal switch for the respective application.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

AMD EPYC Rome 32-Core CPU Specs?

Someone spotted these SiSoft benchmark results that appear to be made by one of AMD's EPYC Rome 32-Core processors.

Consumer Rights Are Collateral Damage In The War Against Cheaters

Is it worth trampling on consumer rights in an attempt to ban cheaters? This guy has an interesting take on the situation.

Valve Dota 2 Players Pay To Avoid Toxic Gamers

My issue isn't so much with charging $10 to avoid toxic players, with Valve's track record, I'm more concerned with whether or not the feature actually works.

Players who buy the Battle Pass can now use an “experimental” Avoid Player feature, which is supposed to keep toxic players away from you. Here’s a different way to say it: Valve is now charging players a minimum of $9.99 to avoid harassers.

Piles of Dead Horses in Red Dead Online

So this is a thing.

Publishers Paying $50k An Hour To Play New Videogames Online?

$50,000 an hour? Either publishers are morons or someone is lying about how much they get paid. Either way, this whole thing is just stupid all the way around.

The world’s biggest videogame publishers are paying popular gamers tens of thousands of dollars to play their latest releases live over the internet, hoping to break through to buyers in a crowded industry where dominant games like “Fortnite” cast a large shadow.

Google Tracks What You Buy Online With Gmail

Because of course they do. What are you going to do about it? usual.

Google also raids your Gmail account for signs of transactions, and collects them all on a separate webpage for your account. You can find yours here. It includes Amazon purchases, subscriptions, tickets, really anything for which you got an emailed receipt. Google says it doesn’t use the information to serve ads, and that the page exists “to help you easily view and keep track of your purchases, bookings and subscriptions in one place.” Honestly, it’s no surprise that Google’s machines can read your email. 

Case Mod of the Day

I was already a big fan of the D Frame, this awesome build just makes it that much better.

Video Game Addiction An Official Disease?

If the World Health Organization get its way, soon video game addiction could be officially recognized as a disease. How can it be classified as a "disease" when video game addiction isn't a thing. Stupid people are stupid.

Video game addiction could soon become an official disease as the World Health Organisation is set to put the issue to a vote next week. The vote comes as a growing body of evidence points to young gamers facing psychological distress as a result of addictive behaviour in relation to video games such as Fortnite.